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Pentecost 9B: The Surpassing Beauty of Us

The readings for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament       2 Kings 4:42–44 Psalm                    Psalm 145:10–18 New Testament      Ephesians 3:14–21 Gospel                   John 6:1–21 My focus in these reflections is on the prayer contained in the … Continue reading

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Pentecost 8B: Tucker Carlson, Vaccines, and the Gathering God

The readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Jeremiah 23:1–6 Psalm                    Psalm 23 New Testament     Ephesians 2:11–22 Gospel                   Mark 6:30–34, 53–56 Well, the latest, is that Tucker Carlson has told his loyal followers … Continue reading

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Pentecost 7B: Repentance is Healthier than Denial

The readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Amos 7:7–15 Psalm                    Psalm 85:8–13 New Testament     Ephesians 1:3–14 Gospel                   Mark 6:14–29 The Old Testament, Psalm, and Gospel Readings all tell us that repentance is … Continue reading

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Pentecost 2B: The Alternative Family as Racism’s Cure

Readings for the Second Sunday After Pentecost or Proper 5 Old Testament      Genesis 3:8–15 Psalm                    Psalm 130 New Testament     2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 Gospel                   Mark 3:20–35 Let’s focus on the Gospel reading. Jesus goes home. He learns … Continue reading

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Trinity B: The Stormy Glory of Embracing Diversity

The readings for this Sunday are: Old Testament      Isaiah 6:1–8 Psalm                    Psalm 29 New Testament     Romans 8:12–17 Gospel                   John 3:1–17 We have heard about George Floyd’s death for a year now, and about the explosion of … Continue reading

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Easter 7 B: Choices Have Consequences

The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B, are Many years ago I asked my friend the dentist which of my teeth I truly had to floss. “Only the ones you want to keep,” he said. Not long … Continue reading

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Easter 6B: The Happy Paradox of Voluntary Servitude

The Readings for this Sixth Sunday of Easter: First Reading         Acts 10:44–48 Psalm                    Psalm 98 New Testament     1 John 5:1–6 Gospel                   John 15:9–17 It’s sooo hard for us to understand and accept true freedom. It’s so … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

The institution held. Thank God the institution held. I wept the night of January 6 when the United States Senate voted to accept the certification of Joe Biden as President of the country. I wept again when Judge Peter Cahill … Continue reading

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Easter 4B: Good Shepherd Sunday and Earth Day

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is part of John chapter 10–Jesus discourse on himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18). Wendell Berry distinguishes between farmers who are married to the land and others who rape the land. I see … Continue reading

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Easter 2 B: Resurrection Oneness

Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter are First Reading         Acts 4:32–35 Psalm                    Psalm 133 New Testament     1 John 1:1–2:2 Gospel                   John 20:19–31 Throughout all my years of ministry if I had a choice of things … Continue reading

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